MSW Student Named Minority Fellow by Council on Social Work Education
The Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work is pleased to recognize Dre Johnson for being awarded a Minority Fellowship from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Johnson is one of only 40 students nationwide to receive this prestigious designation.
“Being named a CSWE Minority Fellow has truly been one of the most gratifying moments of my life,” Johnson said. “To me it means the voices of those who live between the margins will be heard. It speaks toward the collective work of a village and hopefully inspires other minorities to pursue their dream.”
In addition to being an Honorable Owl, Johnson is an experienced lobbyist, educator, and advocate who has published research on Systematic Racism and Equality – but his journey did not start here. Johnson was born and raised in New York, where he attended the State University of New York College at Brockport. There, Johnson earned the opportunity to become a member of the prestigious Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. With his determination and ambition, Johnson decided to extend his education by studying African & African-American studies at the University of Ghana, located in West Africa.
Johnson is conducting research with professors about the evolution of clinical social work and how social workers can play a role in preventing mass shootings in schools. He will present on this topic at the NASW-FL Annual Social Work Conference, in June. In his internship at Broward County Public Schools, Johnson serves as a dependency court liaison, helping support children and families entering the foster care system by providing a link to direct services in the community and working with students to meet their mental health needs.
To remain motivated, Johnson relies on his favorite motivational quote from human rights activist Malcolm X: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Watch Dre present to the Broward County Public Schools Foster Care Program Office regarding a resolution to make November National Adoption Month, and check out their Tweet below: